North Coast Gardening: Weed and feed plant life in April

Frogs, birds, bees, and butterflies inform us it’s miles April, the busiest gardening month of spring for all. Shopping in the nursery is exciting; digging in clean soil is pleasant. Here is what to do this busy month: Weed: Longer, hotter days mixed with moist weather cause hundreds of thousands of little weeds to pop up everywhere. Pull, hoe, the spray is the chant any longer. Little weed sprouts, endorsed by rain and heat soil, quickly flip to raging giants if not kept in test now. Organic herbicides that incorporate vinegar and citric acid are only against shallow-rooted annual weeds. The paintings first-rate if sprayed all through a warm day.

Feed: There are two ways to nourish the garden. One is to feed the soil, and the other is to feed the vegetation. Best to do both. Once lawn soil starts offevolved to dry out, dig in beneficiant amounts of compost, composted manure, worm castings, and bulky, natural fertilizers. Fluffy, well-organized beds should then be mulched.

Rice straw to preserve moisture from drying, spring winds. The pleasant way to feed flowers like roses, blueberries, perennials, and young shrubs is to dig in a four-4-four all-reason type natural sluggish-launch fertilizer gently. Give a radical soaking if rain does now not achieve this. Feeding like this each 4 to 6 weeks will maintain vegetation healthy and colorful.

Beware: Take care of slug and snail problems earlier than starting bedding flowers. Whether you lure with beer and yeast or use organic slug bait, make sure to do that a few days after breaking the floor but before planting.

Plant meals: Nurseries are loaded with vegetable starts, herbs, berries, and fruit bushes. Potato sets are available now, too. You may also find a nice choice of citrus bushes. Rejuvenate the herb garden by slicing perennial herbs again and then giving a four-four-4 feeding—refresh plantings with parsley, chives, oregano, and rosemary.

Potting up a batch of culinary herbs in a huge field is an easy way to begin low preservation, weed-free herb gardens. Wait till the weather warms a bit greater earlier than commencing basil starts offevolved. Prune: There is no shortage of pruning chores these days, so snatch your sharp clippers and get busy. When flowering decorative trees end their bloom duration, they need mild pruning to preserve them in form. Prune after bloom is the norm.

Flowering cherry, plum, and crabapple are the pinnacle 3 spring flowering ornamentals that may be pruned later this month. In addition, Lilac, viburnum, and rhododendrons are popular shrubs that need to be pruned after bloom. If you haven’t cut back wintry weather-worn perennials but, now’s the time to get started. Nepeta, penstemon, euphorbia, and decorative grasses all appear their quality while pruned low to inspire a flush of sparkling increase.

Eddie Bowers
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